Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gonna Make This Garden Grow (H&M Fitting Room Reviews)

I can't think of a better way to wait out rush hour traffic than wandering around Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) on a pleasant day.

Imagine my utter delight when I walked by and saw so many lovely and affordable things from H&M's new Garden Collection calling my name?

This collection is truly special, as it's not only pretty, but it gives a good ol' shout out to Mother Earth by using organic cottons and recycled materials. And because it's H&M, the price tag doesn't kill your pocketbook. What's not to love?!

So I think the first dress I tried on is the same one from the header image. I think. Now, this is how you know that I like contributing to this blog - I willingly took and am posting a photo of me in this dress.

Cotton Garden Collection Dress, $49.95:

I think you can tell by the look on my face how I feel about the way it fits. I felt like it accentuated all the things I didn't want it to accentuate - my small bust and my large hips. I grabbed a size 6 in this dress, and it felt about right. H&M tends to run a bit small in my opinion (Juniors/European sizing, I think), but I'd need a 6 in this just to be able to...uh..."hold up" the top. I feel a piece like this would work best on someone boy-shaped, as it'd add nice dimension to the hips. However, if you already have hips (like me), it might make you look and feel..."hippy-er." I just made that word up.

Hey, look how small my chest is!

The reason I'm not sure it's the same dress is because the top doesn't flare out the same way on me as it does on the model. Of course, I don't have the same dimensions as the model, but...who knows? I do like the detailing at the top, though I belong to the "I Wish I Was a Little Bigger on Top" club, and I didn't think the extra ruffles helped in any way. The empire-ish waist gives way to some nice pleating detail that flares out from your high waist, but then the skirt tapers in at the bottom, giving that extra definition to the hips I was talking about. Not a bad dress, but not for me.

Next up was this little tunic-y number, also from the Garden Collection, for $19.95:

I like this alot. The color is so pretty - like a blueish purple. I'm not sure whether to call it a tunic or a dress...or both. It kind of looks like a giant oversized tent, and you use the self-tie to cinch it in to your comfort. It's sheer, so you'd definitely need something underneath. (I had to kind of "cheat" my positioning so you couldn't see my underthings. Hey now, it's not that kind of blog!) Oooh, and it's got pockets!

I heart the ruffle-y sleeves:

Next up from the Garden Collection is the same tunic the model is wearing in the header image, for $24.95:

Okay, so on its own, it doesn't look like much. But for fun I decided to see what it looked like if I put a belt with it:

Better, huh?

I love the big, drapey, kimono-like sleeves - they feel like wings! And the scalloped edges have eyelet detailing on them. Super girlie and soft and pretty and fun. Comfortable, too! Me likey.

This skirt was actually displayed along with the Garden Collection, but it didn't bear the Garden Collection tag. Edit: Looking again, it would seem the skirt below actually is part of the Garden Collection. There was no Garden Collection tag on the skirt at Santa Monica, but there was at South Coast Plaza.

I had to give it a try though, for the nifty price tag of $17.95 (I love H&M):

The colors are very neutral and would go with alot - black, white, brown, beige, grey, pale pink, get the idea. I tried on a size 6 for this photo, but it was pretty snug. I could probably size up to an 8, though there weren't any 8s on the floor for me to try. This little skirt isn't lined, like a lot of H&M's other skirts, but it's also only $17.95 so I guess that makes sense.

Here's more of a closeup:

Hmmm...what happens if I pair this skirt with the pink Garden Collection tunic?

I think I like this!

(please pardon the dark-colored bra and the Hello Kitty phone charm, haha...)

I threw in my little black patent belt for fun, and I rather liked the combination. A fun little girlie outfit, for less than $50! (including tax!)

Now, I'm always looking for good things to wear with my leggings and skinny jeans, so I thought I'd try this over-sized shirt, for $14.95

(...what's with my weird expression? what the heck was I thinking, in this photo?)

Hmm...well, if nothing else, it's comfortable!

Yeah, it's basically a gigantic t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves, chest pocket and a roll-cuff detail. It's also longer in the back than it is in the front:

Interestingly, I liked it better when I had it on in the store than when I see the photo now. After looking at all the Garden Collection stuff I tried on, this just doesn't do anything for me anymore. Haha!

Next up...Rosa from Love at First Shop reviewed this on her blog, and when I saw it in the store I just had to give it a try:

I love the floral detailing on this dress! However, it's toooooo short on me. Actually, the reason I didn't take a full-length photo was because the store only had a size 2 left in stock, and it was way, way, way too short on my 5'8" frame. (though it tells you alot about how small I am on top, if I can get into a size 2, eh?) I suppose it would work as a tunic over leggings, but yeah. I think this dress works better on smaller girls. For $19.95, it's a steal!

The last few photos belong to a dress that looked so cute, on the hanger:

It retails for $34.95 and was also merchandised up with the Garden Collection, though it did not bear the Garden Collection tag.

(...this is me, being sarcastic)

I love pink, so I had to give this dress a try. It looked so cute on the hanger, and I loved the fluttery sleeves and all the detailing on the bodice. However, once I put it on, I felt it was way too "young," for me. Like I felt like I was trying to get away with looking like a schoolgirl. Sigh. I have to face facts - I'm just not that young anymore.

So that wraps up my H&M fitting room reviews. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping to all!


  1. The blue tunic from the Garden Collection looks lovely on you, as does the batwing top. I've been trying to be good, but you make me want to hunt up my local H&M now ...

  2. I was in Atlanta this past week and I tried on that pink dress. I kept debating whether I should get it. It fit and I thought it was cute, but it went back. I guess it is a bit young and that is what I am not. I had a fun time trying on all the clothes though. I ended up with a couple of things.
    Thanks for the h&m reviews!

  3. kat, we are on the same wavelength. i just bought a whole bunch of h&m stuff. i also bought that pink dress..... LOL, i had the same thoughts as you, but i couldn't help it. it was too cute. i'm going to try to toughen it up.

    oh... and remember i told you that i wanted to avoid liberty of london at target? yeah... i failed.

  4. Thanks for the comments, ladies! =D

    Lisa, there's a lot more fun H&M stuff that I didn't review. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Gemma & Debbie - that's so funny that you both found and tried on the same pink dress! The detail on it really is lovely. Deb, I wanna see how you style it! And do tell me more about your Liberty of London finds! =)

  5. I love the detail on the second to last dress! Too bad it's too short. I'm 5'3", so I'm going to see if it will work on me. If not, I'll hem it and make it a tunic. So pretty!

  6. Oh wow, I tried on that pink dress too and had the same thought as you= too young! also, too transparent (hi undergarments!)

  7. That pink batwing top is great on you!

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